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by Michael Thomas Ford

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Acknowledgments: The Eye of Loveix
Madam Yoko2
Yaa Asantewa


Acknowledgments: The Eye of Loveix
Madam Yoko2
Yaa Asantewa18
Alinsitowe Diatte56
Mariama Ba92
Princess Kesso106
Buchi Emecheta124
Alice Lenshina140
Bessie Head154
Ellen Kuzwayo170
Dulcie September188
Miriam Makeba202
Winnie Mandela222
Principal Works Consulted241
Sources of Texts Cited245
List of Illustrations248

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

"Simone Schwarz-Bart’s goal is to rescue and reconstruct the lives of black women world wide. . . . Informative, uplifting, and inspiring!"—Howard Dodson, director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

"This enchanting work transports the reader back in time and gives a voice to the little-known black women of the past."—Publishers Weekly

"What a beautiful book!!! And three more like this??? We are excited!"—QBR The Black Book Review

"Visually stunning.... Every page contains high-quality color reproductions, including many full- and double-page spreads, of rarely seen art works and images of African history and culture." —Library Journal

"This book will be in demand particularly during the months devoted to Black History and Women’s History.  An invaluable and fascinating resource."—School Library Journal

"The author of this book, Simone Schwarz-Bart, and the book publisher, Sandrah Monthieux Pélage, have compiled a priceless source of valuable information, which will provide the building blocks for reintroducing the contributions of Black Women to a multitude of fields of study and disciplines."—Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

"New African is proud to recommend to its readers this wonderful tribute to black women"—New African

“Ford expertly builds the tension in this long, escalating thrill ride.”
Children's Literature - Dana Benge
Adult/High School-Third in a series of four pictorial biographies, this richly illustrated book explores the various historical and cultural contexts in which each of 14 women lived and worked. Evocative artwork, folklore, narratives, and photographs help teens to better understand the subjects' world. They were all born between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Some were powerful and savvy queens, such as Madam Yoko of Sierra Leone, Yaa Asantewa of Ghana, and Zauditu of Ethiopia. A few, including Bessie Head of South Africa, Mariama Ba of Senegal, and Buchi Emecheta of Nigeria, are internationally known literary figures. Others made their mark in political activism, religion, or fashion modeling. One chapter is devoted to Miriam Makeba. Fellow South African Winnie Mandela is also included, with anecdotes from her sprinkled throughout. This volume is full of information that is entertaining, sometimes sad, yet always inspiring and compelling.-Joyce Fay Fletcher, Rippon Middle School, Prince William County, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
VOYA - Jeff Mann
It is the year 2032, and it has been fifteen years since a documented case of zombie flu has occurred. The zombie virus had turned many normal people into zombies and forced those not infected to battle the zombies in a war. The zombies were defeated by being burned to death. Josh, a hardcore gamer, knows his zombie history but is more interested in a video game where he torches zombies. When Josh is contacted by Charlie, a fellow gamer, he is invited to play the game in IRL—In Real Life. Josh knows it is rumored that there are still a few living zombies and that some top gamers get together to kill these zombies. Josh discovers that the IRL games are not just an urban legend but are reality and soon finds himself secretly battling real zombies, watching real people get hurt, and taking a mystery drug called Z. Ultimately, Josh and his friends try to take down Clatter, the organizer of these IRL games and the creator of Z. Z is a rollicking ride that many middle school students are likely to enjoy. The opening chapter, a history lesson at school about the zombie flu, and Josh's journey from video-game zombie-killer to real-life zombie Torcher will prompt most readers to continue reading. A touch of romance between Josh and Charlie also adds to the plot. Ultimately, the last portion of the book is not quite as engaging as the first two thirds, but those who followed Josh's journey will not be disappointed. The lack of a clear resolution and a few unanswered questions will leave some readers a touch disappointed; however, Ford clearly has more zombie-hunting action planned for future volumes. Reviewer: Jeff Mann
School Library Journal

Modern African Women offers powerful and unforgettable tales from Senegal to South Africa, from the nineteenth century to the present. These modern African rulers, leaders, and visionaries include Madam Yoko, Queen of the Kpaa Mende and national heroine of Sierra Leone; Princess Kesso, a Fulani Muslim princess from Guinea who became one of the world’s first black models; Alice Lenshina, who fought British colonial rule in Zambia and was considered a prophet in the Lumpa Church; Ellen Kuzwayo, member of the African National Congress whose struggle for civil and women’s rights landed her in prison; Dulcie September, the ANC representative in France, killed for her ardent support for the cause of freedom; Miriam Makeba, internationally loved singer South African singer; Winnie Mandela, who carried on the struggle during Nelson Mandela’s long imprisonment; and many others.

Kirkus Reviews
Fifteen years after the zombie plague destroyed families and threatened the world, the ravenous creatures are once again confined to the video-game realm. Recruited by a shadowy live-action gaming group to battle against animatronic zombies, Josh is thrilled to show off his gaming prowess. But as his friends vanish and the gore increases, he realizes that the game may be more real than he knows. Ford leaps in with flamethrowers blazing and burns through pages at a rapid pace. There's very little character development, but readers who want zombies with personality have Daniel Waters's Generation Dead (2008) to turn to for that--the point here is nonstop movement. An ominous feeling shadows Josh's world, and its tension is nicely reflected in the blend of action and horror. The horrific revelation, the generic cast, the cliffhanger ending—these are all standard zombie fare, but the author manages to make the expected exciting again. For a quick escape, this is a sure-fire way to burn time. (Horror. 12 & up)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of the teen novel Suicide Notes as well as several essay collections and adult novels, including Jane Bites Back. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and their five dogs.

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Z 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read. Hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
MercedesMud More than 1 year ago
I really liked the idea of this book and the book itself. There are few role playing fiction books that I have found which are worth the read. It's a page turner, keeps you on the edge of your seat and I'm wondering if there is a sequel.
Cid More than 1 year ago
The Setting - is 2032, fifteen years after the Zombie War. The world has been cleansed of zombies, and high tech gadgets replace many of the organic things that once lived alongside humans; pets, insects, they're all gadgets now. And man, do humans rely on their gadgets! Paper. What's that? Video games lack cords, they're fully submerged virtual reality worlds where you feel and sense everything. Global warming has taken its toll, melting the polar ice caps enough to cause water to have risen significantly. But most of all, humanity is complacent; the zombie threat is of the past. The Characters - were interesting. I decided halfway through the book that I couldn't think of them as high school kids; it just wasn't believable in my head. Josh has to be either a sophomore or a junior in high school, yet he faces few consequences, runs around with lots of freedom and thinks with more critical skills than most high school students possess. I decided halfway through that I would think of Josh and the others as live-at-home college kids, freshmen or sophomores maybe. The relationships between the team of Torchers is defined by the initial dynamic and then they don't really grow. I don't really buy into the emotional turmoil, the bonds, or any of it - and I think it could have been much more powerful had I felt along with those characters. The Plot - was the other reason I decided to think of the characters as college kids. Josh must deceive his family to join the other Torchers in their real life battle against the zombies, well, the cybernetic zombies - right? There's the drug, Z, which I can believe - plenty of high school kids do drugs sadly. I just question the ability of a bunch of high school kids to battle zombies who are stronger than they are and work as a team functioning with high levels of memorization. I thought that the book missed out on a lot of the thriller/horror aspects what with being toned down for a YA audience. At the closure of the book I felt that it could have been so much more powerful and heart wrenching, it could have given me nightmares - but it just wasn't on that level. I enjoyed Z, it's an interesting zombie story with a twist, it's just not as scary or powerful as I'd hoped it would be.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Wish they would come out with a second book because the ending sounded as if they could come out with a second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katie. Age:16 or so. Height:almost 6 feet tall. Weight:not important. Description:muscular,tough,not much of a talker. Shes got long brown hair with purple highlights,deep purple eyes,and wears denim shorts,a black t-shirt,a purple vest with her 6 pokeballs clipped on the front,and a purple pendant on a golden chain. Pokemon team:1. Lucario,lv45. Carrying Lucarionite. 2. Slurpuff,lv37. 3. Pangoru,lv39. 4. Fearow,lv63. 5. Dragalgae,lv47. 6. Ninetales,lv38. Occaisionally has an Umbreon or Glaceon instead of Slurpuff. <P> Moonfall: Katies younger sister. Height: exactly 4'10" and proud of it! Age: 11. Has a high necked red long sleeved shirt, black jeans, and black boots. Livin' the dream, baby. Green eyes, glasses, waist length brown/blond hair. Pokemon: Espeon, 69, Pigeot, 45, Slyveon, 32, Flareon, 40, Delcatty, 50, and Purloin, 15.
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tyne More than 1 year ago
Love this book...what about a ending?what about a second book?don't like the ending!!:(
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It was an okay book really. Not as suspensful as i hoped but overall it was okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got exicting at begining then dropped to an ok book
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Not all that great.
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Tom Madden More than 1 year ago
it is good and i fun,
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When i saw the book i was expecting little out of it but now that i have read it i love it! great read for people who dont get scared of zombies! : - 3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moonkit is locked out.